Britain will unite doctors' training grades

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:149

The specialist registrar grade will replace career registrar and senior registrar grades in Britain if proposals published in a discussion document this week are accepted.

But while all current senior registrars will be welcomed into the new grade, career registrars in popular specialties are likely to be asked to compete for places.

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A unified training grade was one of the recommendations of Kenneth Calman, the chief medical officer, in his 1993 report Hospital Doctors: Training for the Future. The working party, set up under the chairmanship of Dr Graham Winyard, the medical director of the NHS Executive, has produced a framework for entry to, progress through, and exit from the grade. Postgraduate deans, the medical royal …

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